Tallinn City Guide
I’ve shared the photos I took in Tallinn before, right here. But it wouldn’t be The Tourist Of Life if I didn’t write a city guide about the city. Also, because it isn’t the most well known city I just had to write about it and learn you all about the wonderful Tallinn! So where to go, what to see and what to experience? Read down below!
The old town of Tallinn
I think that the old town of Riga and Tallinn are pretty comparable, but Tallinn still has her own charms and so has the old town of Tallinn. I thought it was pretty funny to see that the modern city of Tallinn is very, very separated from the old town: one minute you are surrounded by big, modern and fancy looking buildings when the next minute you are in the old town, full with streets and houses like at the photo above. But next to that the old town of Tallinn is filled with old houses and cute streets it is also very colorful! And that is what I thought was so unique about the city. So be sure to spend enough of your time in here, in the old town of Tallinn!
What to see in the old town? Definitely go to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Kothu Viewplatform (where you can see Tallinn from above), Town Hall Square, Viru Square, St. Nicholas (Old) Church, St Catherine’s Passage, Freedom Square, St John’s Church, and the Viru Gates.
When stepping out of the romantic and cute old town of Tallinn you step into the big, modern city centre of Tallinn. Of course, here are a lot of things to do as well. Maybe less known among tourists, but certainly not less fun to do! So first things first: shopping;-) The biggest shoppingcentre of Tallinn is the Viru Keskus shopping center, but you can also head over to the Solaris Shopping Center. Also you should go to Rotermann Quarter, which is filled with factorybuildings with an amazing architecture. Want to experience something completely different? Go to the Patarei Prison, which you can now visit.
Tallinn has a lot of museums, not particularly all well known, but there sure are some interesting things to learn and see here! The best museum (or at least, that is what I think), is the Kumu Art Museum, also close to the Kadriog Palace. You can also go to the Estonian History Museum, the Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour, the KGB Museum, Estonian Health Care Museum and the Open Air Musem (somewhat further out of town).
Other things to visit and see
So when visiting the Kumu Art Museum or the Kadriorg Palace (photo above) you should definitely include a visit to the Presidential Palace and the gardens as well! Qhen it gets dark make your way over to the Television Tower of Tallinn and and enjoy a view! When you want to see Tallinn in a different way you can visit the Helleman Tower or Toompea. Theatre or music lover? Tallinn also has a beautiful National Opera building and Theatre building!
When you visit Tallinn during summer you can also make your way over to Pirita beach, one of the most popular beaches of Estonia!
- You can combine a trip to Tallinn easily with a trip to Riga. There is one touroperator that offers a sightseeing tour between the two cities, the bus will stop at various locations between Tallinn and Riga to teach you more about Latvia and Estonia.
- Want to go to Scandinavia? Good as well: from out the harbor of Tallinn you can easily get to Helsinki!
- Tallinn has literally the best food you will ever find. So make sure you plan in enough time to eat and visit all the restaurants you can find.. go crazy! Two of my favorites? Must Puudel (vegetarian friendly) and Reval Café (Great coffee and soups!)
- In the need for tea? Go visit the Chado Tea Shop at Uus street.
- During summer time you can also visit the Rooftop Cinema of Tallinn.. how awesome is that?